MASTER SHEN-LONG | Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 18
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 18

Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Part 18

[Series of Master Shen-Long expounding on the Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Heart Sutra]

For us to attain the level of the Sixth Patriarch of Dhyana (Zen) Buddhism is too difficult. We also cannot have the verification into the level of Arhat. However, chanting Amitabha and to united with Amitabha thought after thought without distracting, everybody can do. Your sphere of attainment in comprehension the truth is the same and indifferent from all Buddhism sects, but there is one specialty, which is that you have the blessing of Amitabha’s vow power. Granted your verification of the truth is not up to the highest level, but you only need to be 20%. It means that even within one day, your mind is purified of defiling illusion for 20% of the time, you will have the opportunity to be born to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land. If only at 10% it is hard to say, at 20% there is a chance. Of course, if you go beyond 50% then one is confident with success. But I cannot demand this of you, I can only let you know about this phenomenon.

In Taiwan, many people chant Amitabha when they approach their end, without sickness, have no suffering and entry into the state of Samadhi (the highest level of mind fixed and undisturbed). However, the average person is unclear about this and does not know how the person died, piling error on top of errors. But at least there are 400 to 500 people who had a purified body and mind, no defilement, and were crystal clear when they left. This is truly not easy to attain. This kind of situation, simply stated, is a miracle in Christianity, yet it is not. Frankly speaking, most of them who have gone were ordinary unenlightened people, perhaps a few senior monks and great virtuous ones.  In general, some of them even were illiterate and they relied on this name of Amitabha.

Why? An aged person with nothing to do. One chants the name of Amitabha daily, chanting to the end and one let’s go of everything. After letting go of all there is no more pressure. Exactly as what the Sutra describes. One knew exactly when to go to the Bliss World of Amitabha Pure Land and knew when Amitabha comes to meet and receive.

When he told the people around him, people thought that he might be beyond cure? Or was he going too overboard with a superstitious belief?

Yet strangely, the time and the situation all occurred as to how he had described.  He left either by standing or sitting, and you cannot say this was not a miracle. However, these people were ordinary and simple, and they were not in particular. Therefore, Amitabha and Shakyamuni Buddha explain publicly and repeatedly in Sutra scripture, furthermore, he says that all Buddha Bodhisattva of the ten directions encourage everyone to use this method of chanting Amitabha.

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六祖的境界,我們是達不到,太難了。證阿羅漢,我們也達不到。但「成片」,人人都有份。他所證入的境界,跟所有一切宗派證入的境界,無二無別。但他有一個特別的地方,就是他有阿彌陀佛的願力加持。你就算沒有證到這麼高,你只要做到二成,我們講百分之二十,你只要一天當中有百分之二十的這個心清淨,就有機會到達極樂世界。只有一成那我不敢講,二成有一點;當然你做到五成以上,很有把握。但是我也不能要求你,我只能把這個現象報告給你。

台灣很多念佛的人臨終不生病,沒有痛苦,進入「禪定」狀態的人太多了。一般人含糊籠統,不知道這個人怎樣走的,以訛傳訛的太多了。但是至少有四、五百人走的時候,身心清淨、一塵不染,清清楚楚。這個實在很難。這個簡直是基督教的奇蹟,問題它不是。老實講都是凡夫俗子,高僧大德是有,少數。一般來講有的都不認識字,他就靠一句佛號。

為什麼?老了沒事,那一句佛號是每天念,念到最後什麼都放下了。放下就沒有壓力,就跟經典上講的,他知道什麼時候到極樂世界去,知道什麼時候阿彌陀佛來接他。他告訴旁邊的人,旁邊的人都說是不是已經病入膏肓?是不是迷信太過頭了?

但是,很奇怪他的時間狀況都出現。他走的時候站著走、或坐著走,那就不能說這不是奇蹟。但是問題是:他們平常很單純,他們並沒有什麼特別。這就是為什麼經典上阿彌陀佛、釋迦牟尼佛一再宣說。而且他說十方一切佛菩薩都鼓勵大眾都用這個法門。

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